Both of my grandmothers were wonderful cooks but different. My one grandmother passed years ago but I can still almost taste her special potatoe salad. She made the most basic meals seem like a true "delight". She could use onion, dijon mustard, mayo and mix it up to make something taste unbelievable!
Days before my grandmother's estate sale...I remember opening up a box with all her handwritten recipes. Thank goodness I did b/c at that time, I didn't care one things about cooking. But, I grabbed them all! I was going through them this weekend. If I close my eyes, I can almost taste and smell her cooking. It was such a part of normal life for me to eat her food as a kid...I didn't appreciate it. But, oh, how fun it would be to cook with her today. I know she had a "secret" with her egg salad and we never got it!
You can learn a lot about a person and their recipe cards. I know my grandparents were very thrifty with their money. I noticed that on most of her cards...she wrote how much each recipe would cost to make. It was amazing! I complain to cut out a coupon. My grandmother figured out the "cost" for every meal she made for her family.
After reading, a few of her "titles" for recipes....I think my dear ole' grandmother had another "side" to her that I never saw!